Hancock County earns Work Ready Community Accreditation
Hancock County is the first coastal county to earn the Work Ready Community Accreditation from the ACT Company.
For two years, the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission teamed with school districts and board of supervisors to earn the Work Ready Community Accreditation. Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission CEO Bill Cork said, “What they know now is based on their national career test ready certification, how they will fit into a career in technical workforce.”
Over the course of two years, 803 workers were tested. The assessment allows employers to match with qualified employees and it also allows the outside world to see the available pool of talent in the state of Mississippi. Pearl River Community College President Dr. Adam Breerwood said, “We are happy we have an opportunity to serve as a resource to bring this distinction to our county.”
Mississippi Power Community Development Representative Ann Holland said, “We at Mississippi Power are very excited that Hancock County has achieved this goal because we understand that once workforce improves, communities improve.”
The assessment has an Olympic style certification process. You can score in the platinum, gold, silver, and bronze ranges. It’s designed to cater to students, the transitioning workforce, and the existing workforce to determine their work ready capabilities. “You know most of the jobs we are creating here in Hancock County are career and technical jobs. They are not necessarily college dedicated jobs. So, we have to create that match.”
It’s important now more than ever to have this resource to continue to increase employment in Mississippi. Hancock County Board of Supervisors President Blaine LaFontaine said, “Any tool that we can have to provide that is something that we hope continues momentum and continues to build us in that direction.”
“We are helping to create that market that we will hope helps all of our industries and our residents thrive.”